Though Elliott plans to appeal the suspension, he'll still likely miss some time this year, so the Cowboys need to come up with a backup plan. I didn't play much a year ago.
It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, but the Cowboys second preseason game still provided a few vital clues about how the team will look come the 2017 regular season.
It has been a tumultuous week in Dallas, and a preseason game is the least of the Cowboys worries. However, their first-team offense was not completely playing as Tavon Austin was out due to a nagging hamstring injury and the recently acquired Sammy Watkins not suiting up. Elliott is appealing the suspension but can still participate in all preseason activities.
An early season misstep or two could be costly for the Cowboys.
As a result of the suspension, the guarantees in the four-year, $24.956 million deal Elliott signed with Dallas in 2016 will be voided, according to ESPN. Elliott didn't play against Arizona, and it's unknown if he'll play Saturday.
Elliott is important for the Cowboys and hopefully he cleans up his life away from the football field and realizes the opportunity and responsibility that is in front of him. Coach Ben McAdoo explained "one team is enough for me to worry about right now". "But Zeke's been a teammate of mine for the past year and I've enjoyed having that relationship with him".
The Cowboys tight end holds a firm stance against domestic violence after his family experienced it during his childhood, but he is still supportive of teammate Ezekiel Elliott. "But I've still got to go out there and do my job and let those guys handle the paperwork, the contract, the numbers". "We approach every day as if we're the starter and we're getting ready to carry the load". The former Oregon State Beaver finished the game with 18 completions on 25 passing attempts for 144 yards in the air, with no interceptions and no touchdowns. Morris had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Redskins before joining the Cowboys before last season. Kupp is a solid route runner with great hands and size, and he should get plenty of playing time Saturday.
"We'll get through this because that's what we're all about", Witten said. You prepare for things that are unexpected.
We'll get a better indication of whether Elliott's suspension was justified and warranted after the appeals process plays out. "You look at an all-pro, Hall of Famer like Jason Witten who's going to be in that huddle".